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Yosemite In June

Hiking, backpacking, running, biking, climbing, rafting, and other human-powered activities in Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite In June

Postby Bralane » Wed May 22, 2019 1:46 am

After many, many years of resisting, I finally have caved in to Mrs. Grumpy’s demand that we visit the Left Coast at least one more time before . . .. Let’s not think about that! The upshot is that we will sponge off friends near San Francisco in mid June this year. Being good friends, those kind folks have vowed to drag us up into the Yosemite area for a few days. Some day hiking is in prospect.
So time has come to tap the collective wisdom of the VFTT gang.
What kind of weather should we prep for in Yosemite during mid June? Temps? Precip? Etc.?
Bugs? Other critters?
What are trails like out there, compared to, say the Long Trail in VT, or trails in the High Peaks of the NY Adirondacks?
Any wierd rules, regs, customs, protocols, traditions, rites, etc., that we ought to now about?
Thanks for any info and advice that comes along.

Re: Yosemite In June

Postby balzaccom » Wed May 22, 2019 6:56 am

A few thoughts:

This is the snowiest year on record. Chances are that Tioga Pass will not be open by mid-June. It snowed up there this week, with more on the way.

That means hiking trails will be limited to the Valley, North Rim, Wawona and Hetch-hetchy. Be sure to check out the new Wawona trail and hike to Chilnualna Falls near there. Drive to Glacier Point for the stunning view. Hike up the Vernal/Nevada Falls trail to see them at full bore in June.

Take the trail from Hetch-hetchy to Wapama Falls for more thunderous water. When you get tired of hiking and too many people, walk one of the trails out into the Meadows in the middle of Yosemite Valley and sit down. You'll be alone.

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Re: Yosemite In June

Postby Phil » Wed May 22, 2019 7:40 am

This year: deeply snow covered trails, mosquitoes at snow line (lost of hungry and voracious ones), roads not opening until later, huge water that's nothing to mess with....

Go to the valley, see the falls. They'll be amazing and heavily charged up at almost peak-flows in June. That's the money shot.
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